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Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Phoenix fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2021 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Phoenix peaked in April 2020 at 13.7% and is now 10.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Phoenix unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Arizona 4.7% -0.5 -2.1
Phoenix 3.5% -0.2 -2.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Phoenix, Arizona, National

Phoenix, Arizona monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Phoenix peaked in April 2020 at 341,422. There are now 251,148 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Phoenix employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Phoenix, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Phoenix 90,274 -4,098 -66,027

Number of Unemployed Persons

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 4.7% 3.5% 90,274
October
2021
4.6% 5.2% 3.7% 94,372
September
2021
4.7% 5.7% 3.6% 92,990
August
2021
5.2% 6.2% 4.2% 106,719
July
2021
5.4% 6.6% 5.1% 128,731
June
2021
5.9% 6.8% 6.3% 161,085
May
2021
5.8% 6.7% 6.2% 157,357
April
2021
6.0% 6.7% 6.0% 151,126
March
2021
6.0% 6.7% 5.9% 149,083
February
2021
6.2% 6.9% 6.6% 167,106
January
2021
6.4% 6.7% 6.6% 168,182

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.